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Book Review: ‘Redemption’ by Danielle Hardgrave

Title: Redemption (Sea Assassins Book 2)

Published: 1st September 2017

Publisher: Caldwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15300640.Danielle_Hardgrave

 

Synopsis:

Sophia Davies is having the time of her life.

She lives with her two best friends in a city she loves and every day is a new adventure. Case in point, stumbling into her bedroom after a great night out and finding her ultimate childhood crush waiting for her.

But things have changed since the last time Sophia saw Nate. For starters, she now knows what he does for a living. And there’s the whole shark shifter thing…

Nathan Redman is burning.

He thought his mistakes would fade away with time, but the closer he comes to taking leadership of his clan, the more they sear into his skin. Revenge is the best cure for any wound, which is why Nathan’s heading out to see an old friend.

It’s nothing personal, really.

Getting close to Sophia is no problem. Killing her on the other hand…

 

Review:

Temperatures are rising the moment Nate and Sophia get in a room together so get ready for a bit more bite this time round, and not just from some sharp shark teeth.

Now its time we see a different side to our Nate. Not the shark bearing teeth side, well unless you ask really nicely that is. This side seems to be one that only Sophia could pull out of him. One he wasn’t even aware he wanted to come to the surface until Sophia managed to get under his skin. Her sister Darcy and Gabe might not like it but it seems for once she’s the one calling the shots.

So after the fail for Nate at the end of Betrayal he went away to lick his wounds and stew in his own anger. He knows he said he would never return to the bay to cause trouble for Darcy or Gabe again but he is consumed with the need for revenge. If he can’t get Darcy, his one time only real human friend, then what better way to hurt them both than by going after her sister Sophia? His plan is simple, find Sophia and kill her. He thinks he can get it done before he has to take over the clan. With his father on the way out he is all set to take the reins, whether he really wants them is another matter. Finding her is one thing but killing her is something else entirely. From the first moment they are alone – you know when he sneaks into her dorm room to kill her – with her hopping around trying to get her shoes off by throwing them in any direction she gets a shock when one doesn’t hit the floor. Acting on instinct Nate caught it, he had plenty of time to do the deed before she screamed but something held him back. He just thinks that he will try the next time, easy to do as she makes it clear she would be happy to see him again. Even after her friend hits him over the head to protect her – yep I was laughing quite a bit here. But again nothing happens; it’s like for the first time he is himself without the clan issues beating down on him when he is with her. The closer they get the more danger she could be in from outside sources.

Funny how even though Sophia knows exactly what Nate is she trusts him straight off the bat (not completely wise with his reasons for finding her in the first place) but she is just way too intrigued by the shark he turns into. The fact that she had a major crush on him while growing up only fuels her curiosity more. Taking it one step further by getting in the water with him. I mean when he turns back to human and makes her pulse race in another way I’m all for it but the swimming with him circling the boat they were once on, nope I’m sorry too much for shark phobic me. This is almost the turning point for Nate where he sees her differently, as someone for him perhaps?

Thought her friends Grace and Hannah were a laugh and their pizza race was fun. Totally something you want to try out after a night out when you are craving food. To call for a pizza and try to race back home before it gets there, if the pizza guy wins then you have to pay a bigger tip. Jack aka Snack Attack pizza guy was amusing too and the perfect person for Hannah when she finally got her head out of the clouds to see him.

Lexa was interesting and clearly ready for power to take over the clan with Nate when his dad passes. A match made from the time they were ten to draw two powerful clans together. Not something that Sophia really wants to find out when she thinks they are starting to get serious. The more you hear about Nate’s dad Marcus the more you understand how Nate became the way he is and why after he meets Sophia he might really want to change. He just needs to think about what he really wants in life and go for it before he loses something special.

I was a little surprised with how Sophia treated her sister at the end as everything she has ever done has always been for her. But then you can see how she would feel a lot of pressure on her from it, so both sides valid I guess. All set for part three where a battle might be brewing and warring friends might need to come back together to keep everyone they care for safe.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author via Caldwell Publishing for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Betrayal’ by Danielle Hardgrave

Title: Betrayal: Sea Assassins Book 1

Published: 20th January 2017

Publisher: Caldwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15300640.Danielle_Hardgrave

 

Synopsis:

On a calm November evening, a ship disappears off the coast of Washington without a trace…

When Darcy Davies finds a handsome man washed up on the beach, he’s three things: injured, naked, and rude. And he’s got a few demands. Somewhere safe. No hospital.

Tell no one.

While Darcy takes him in, she’s no fool. She knows he was involved in whatever happened at sea that night. But is he a victim or a villain? One thing’s for certain—even if he’s not a danger to her person, this sexy stranger is a danger to her heart.

Gabriel Barnes can’t tell which is more of a pain in his side—the curvy brunette who plucked him off the beach, or the literal pain in his side.

Gabriel’s secret will be hard to keep in such close quarters, especially with injuries that are healing much too fast. But he’s got bigger problems.

It wasn’t an accident that brought him here.

It was a betrayal.

 

Review:

What better way to get over my fear of sharks than reading a shark shifter romance? Now I love shifter stories so lets see how I cope with the shark part. Here’s hoping they stay on land for the most part. Well fingers crossed anyway.

Talk about a hottie being swept right up to your feet, a nice looking naked one to boot. It’s not just muscles and hotness he’s packing but very bad looking wounds too. Looks like something took a bite out of him and it’s not till later that you find out how real that thought is. Now Darcy’s first thought with finding said naked man is panic as she fears he might already be dead and that soon turns to annoyance when he makes it known he is alive and has no intention of going to hospital. He makes her a deal, five grand to stay at her place while he heals. Now she needs the money and not for the greedy reasons he might think to start with. So she helps carry/drag him back to her place, which as luck would have it was only a stones throw from the beach he washed up at. He insists he just needs rest but she insists more that he will let her at least bandage him up. Well after he pays her that is. Half now half later as neither seem to want to trust the other. With good reason to start with as it’s a very strange situation they find themselves in.

Rest is all Gabriel can think about, well when he’s trying to not think about how good his helpers clothes seem to cling to her. If only she wasn’t so annoying to him he might be tempted. He knows it’s risky to stay there but needs time to heal while he tries to figure out his next move. Said move not being to claim the sexy helper with his version of appreciation. The more he protests, if only in his mind, the more you know he wants her.

Darcy landed herself in danger from the moment she took Gabriel in and it looks like that danger might be closer than she thought. Even from someone she would consider a friend. Though really she should just trust her dog Oscar’s instincts. He might be weary to start with new people but if he changes his mind you should trust him. The same goes for if he doesn’t.

Now it’s not just her that the hot brooding patient might be putting in danger but her sister Sophia too and that’s something she won’t take. He needs to tell her everything not matter what. Nice final words as what he has to tell – or rather show her – could have her running for the hills. Oh you know the fact that he is a shark-shifting assassin. Seems danger and truths bring forth passions also as its not long before the wall they both put round each other falls. One kiss sparks a light and its not long before they burn. Passions running high but the danger that follows is very real. Here’s hoping they don’t bite off more than they can chew. Shark wise not too bad for me so lets see how I get on with the next one.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author via Caldwell Publishing for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘Sleuthing with the Enemy’ by Danielle Hardgrave

Title: Sleuthing with the Enemy (Unnatural Alliances Book 2)

Published: 9th June 2017

Publisher: Caldwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15300640.Danielle_Hardgrave

 

Synopsis:

Somebody just stole a valuable artifact from the Helsen archives, and Annemette Helsen—a very pissed off werewolf—is going to make sure they pay for it.

There’s just one problem: Anna’s only suspect is the arrogant vampire prince, Jonas Weiss. He’s cocky, frustrating, and a little bit sexy. Okay, a lot sexy.

He also claims to be innocent, so the fact that she just broke into his home and attacked him is problematic.

And his price for keeping silent about the whole debacle? Downright devious.

Disclaimer:

The short novel you’re about to consume is quick, quirky, and delicious. Get ready to enjoy a main course of romance with a side of adventure. Buckle up, it’s about to get sassy!

Sleuthing with the Enemy can be enjoyed as part of the Unnatural Alliances series or on its own.

 

Review:

Another paranormal romance adventure fix and this time we get the have vampires and wolf shifters throughout causing chaos for each other. Well that and a lot of passion when things boil over after reaching a major heated breaking point.

Love the line: “I’m going to kiss you, little wolf, and after I do there’s no going back. You’ll be mine.” Annemette soon learns that Jonas means every word.

We get to see Rune’s other brothers Anders (who works very high up for the SNAC and unfortunately also seems like he has a stick up his ass) and Erik (Anders twin and opposite in personality in every way) but the focus this time is on his hotheaded sister Annemette, Anna for short. Seems that the ‘something’ Rune was looking for within the Cutler Hoard was something his ancestors had tried to keep hidden. It’s a bracelet they call the Gleipnir Cuff (though Anna and her best friend call it Jay-Bray which I like more) and it is a key to a very powerful vampires cell. Releasing him would surely mean open war between all supernaturals. Seems it something that likes being stolen though, first by Rune from the museum and now from their own Helsen archives vault. Seems a suspect has been put front and centre but no one wants to go after them without solid proof. This is something that Anna can’t seem to hold back from though, her temper getting the best of her causing her no end of trouble.

Jonas seems to have been put into the line of fire for the theft and it’s not long before Anna’s vengeance boils over and she goes in for an attack. Little problem though as she is a bit drunk at the time, thought she would be alone while breaking into his house to steal the Gleipnir Cuff back and oh one small matter being that he is a prince and attacking him is probably not in her best interests. It’s not her finest moment as it could end badly for her, and not just by him. Seems this little error in judgement has put her in an interesting position with Jonas now calling the shots on how to proceed. He claims he’s innocent so wants to help her get the Gleipnir Cuff back so makes her an offer she can’t refuse. Seems a little Sleuthing with the Enemy is on its way.

Loved the Vegas trip that they go on, it is certainly a turning point in their investigation and relationship. You just knew they needed to get each other riled up before pouncing on each other. Probably didn’t hurt the fact she was naked at the time under his shirt after shifting back, making him shirtless in the process. Something Anna didn’t fully think about until confronted by his sculpted chest – one it’s not long before she is pressed up against.

Anna’s best friend Roxie was fun when she popped up. Loved her outburst, think it was a long time coming. Also her scent might be a clue to another story unfolding, lets’ hope with Benji at the helm. He made quite the impression in To Trust a Wolf but more so here when Anna and Jonas meet him to get some answers for the missing Gleipnir Cuff. Just what he is and what he can really do are still very much in question, even for the other supernaturals themselves.

Helen is settling in nicely with her wolf Rune and Claire a fellow wolf seems to play a key part in the missing cuff when she’s attacked for it. Again nothing is quite what it seems which I like. A war is definitely coming; you might have to question those closest to find the truth. The enemy might be within your sights the whole time. The Old Believers on both sides – wolf and vampire – seem to want a reckoning to take place. It’s up to our guys to stop them in their tracks, let’s see how they get on.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Caldwell Publishers for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘To Trust a Wolf’ by Danielle Hardgrave

Title: To Trust a Wolf (Unnatural Alliances Book 1)

Published: 3rd June 2016

Publisher:Caldwell Publishing

Author: Danielle Hardgrave

Twitter: @dhardgrav3

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15300640.Danielle_Hardgrave

 

Synopsis:

A list of things Helen Jurist never expected to see in her museum:

1. Viking relics

2. A dangerously seductive Dane with a suspicious interest in Viking relics

3.Werewolves

With the discovery of the Cutler Hoard, Helen may be forced to strike the word “never” from her vocabulary.

 

Review:

Fun short read that has all things hot wolf shifter to get the pulses racing.

Love the line: “I was left alone, shoeless, with a pile of dust that used to be a world-renowned archaeologist.” Well that was after Helen had been saved and then kissed senseless by a very handsome wolf.

Helen is a curator and archivist of sorts who – between planning the annual donor gala – is helping with the recently discovered Cutler Hoard. Seems this discovery is a bit of a find with mystery surrounding it at every turn. How it could have wound its way to a shore not known to Vikings is top of the list. It is about to get a bit more attention than she, or her boss Don, first thought though and soon it’s not just the ‘press wolves’ she has to worry about. Her boss Don seems to just fumble a bit through his day-to-day job and relies on her a lot. Really with all the work she does for him she could run the museum herself. For a woman so regimented it’s going to be fun when Rune knocks her off kilter in the best way. She’s going to love it too, even at first if she tries to hide her true feelings from him as well as herself.

Rune – aka Mr Red Hot Moneybags and Viking wolf shifter – is a man who seems to be able to get whatever he wants when he wants it. Case in point when he is able to get a sneak preview to the Cutler Hoard before it has officially been finished catalogued and ready for its exhibition. Seems a bit of a donation to the museum gets him into see what others have been dying for a peek of with Helen roped in to giving the private tour. But what are his true motives for needing a look?

Doctor Bershaw is a bit of a funny fellow who is responsible for cataloguing all the pieces found at the Cutler Hoard. Cataloguing the hoard or is he searching for something specific himself? Nothing is quite what it seems.

When you get a bad feeling about someone you should probably follow it. Take note Helen because next time you might not get a heroes rescue. The same goes for if you get a very bit spark of chemistry when you meet a certain Mr Tall, Dark and Handsome. Yum when Rune comes on the scene, just yum. Great banter and chemistry between Rune and Helen from the moment they meet. Sparing from the start but are each playing a different game? A private tour could be the start of something good. Well if vampires, werewolf shifters and ‘other’ beings don’t start to cause trouble. A war seems to be brewing but for what end is uncertain. Love how she is more irked that Rune might have lied to her and stolen something than the fact he turned into a wolf. For him to bring it up is just to distract her. Well that’s what she thinks anyway which he finds amusing, as she doesn’t seem to be too scared of what he can turn into. She needs to trust him for them to move forward. As soon as she does things are going to get a lot more fun for her.

Great flow to story that keeps you on your toes trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together. Seems it’s just the start as the journey for the war brewing has only just begun. Great fun short read to devour on a sunny afternoon. On to the next I say.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Caldwell Publishers for my honest review.

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